Saturday, 9 December 2017

Taste of a British Christmas


Whenever possible I will do my Christmas Shopping at a charity event such as the Christ Church Christmas Market, where all monies go to worthy causes, in keeping with the spirit of Christmas. 

I joined hundreds of visitors to this amazing annual event which opens with music, dancing and even a Victorian gentleman riding a penny farthing. 

We bumped into some friends,  chatted over coffee. Later sampled a wee tot of the 'water of life'. The Glenlivet warmed the cockles of my heart.

Finally came home carrying our fair share of books, games, chutneys, cakes, and many other useful items. 

Here is a small selection of photos: 

Opening Ceremony

'Scotland the Brave!' and other Hits!

A dram . . . or two?

Sample 'Food, Glorious Food!'

Visit Santa's Grotto

Sing some Carols

And find a Christmas Present . . . or two

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  1. My family gave me a bottle of Glenlivet for my birthday last week. Did you sample the African food?

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    1. African food? It's great! Maybe that's why they all have good teeth.

      Enjoy your whisky! I normally buy a bottle at Christmas. It takes me the best part of a year to empty it.

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  2. I found a three quarter bottle of Bushmills Black Bush when sorting out the fluid's shelf yesterday if either of you were near I might share it :-)

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    1. I'll drink to that ! Salute!

      H, on Wikipedia it's written Bushmills is the oldest brand named whiskey.

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  3. I like the photo with the priest...and Whisky Tasting ;)
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Grazie Maria, due spiriiti natale, si. Ciao :) g

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    2. Haha Gwil...playing with words, very clever for someone who is learnings the language. x

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  4. A good mix of things that reflect the messages of Christmas, sharing and generosity and thinking of others.

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    1. Thanks Rachel, in the evening -gospel singer. Final number 'Down by the Riverside'. Perfect end to the day.

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  5. It all looks and sounds lovely. I went to a festival of Christmas trees in a church last week, each one had been designed the reflect a charity or good cause. Some were really inventive- one for wells and water had been made entirely of plumbing pipes and taps.

    Your most recent run through the snow sounded great!

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    1. I like the idea of a tree made from old pipes and taps. I don't know where it was but recently I saw a photo of a Christmas tree made from old skis. We opted for the training run rather than the race the same day because the entry procedure was overly complicated. In fact, entering a race these days is not only expensive but a beaurocratic nightmare in many cases. It was so simple in days of yore when you handed over your pound or two and they gave you a number and a couple of pins and that was it.

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    2. Some of them are like that here. I have to say I much prefer the simper versions where you can swap your number with a friend on the morning of the race if you can't do it. I think the chip timings make that harder. We tend to avoid the corporate run events and stick with running club offerings where possible. Have just entered my marathon for next year. A simple one along the lines of the long distance walkers events. Almost no razzmatazz and more or less off road all the way. They do deferrals (just in case my knee isn't up and running in time).

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